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BBC News: Zoos and safari parks set to reopen from 15 June – PM

Zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas are set to reopen in England from Monday, the PM is due to announce.

Boris Johnson is expected to outline the latest step in the easing of the coronavirus lockdown at Wednesday’s daily briefing.

He will say the outdoor attractions can reopen as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Some zoos, including Chester Zoo and London Zoo, have reported financial struggles during the pandemic.

The move will pave the way for zoos to reopen in England alongside non-essential shops, which can also open from 15 June

BBC News: Pandemic pushes US into official recession

The economic downturn in the US triggered by the pandemic has been officially declared a recession.

The National Bureau of Economic Research made the designation on Tuesday, citing the scale and severity of the current contraction.

It said activity and employment hit a “clear” and “well-defined” peak in February, before falling.

The ruling puts a formal end to what had been more than a decade of economic expansion – the longest in US history.

Meanwhile, US markets continued their rebound on Monday, as investors remained optimistic that the downturn will be short-lived.

BBC News: Rumours, fear and rising Covid deaths in Pakistan

Doctors in Pakistan are warning that the country’s already weak healthcare system could soon be overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

So far, with fewer than 2,000 deaths, the outbreak hasn’t been as deadly as some initially feared. But with the rates of new cases and new fatalities at their highest levels yet, and lockdown restrictions lifted, doctors say intensive care units are now being stretched almost to capacity in many major hospitals.

In Karachi, a city of 15 million people, data shows only a handful of ICU beds still available for Covid-19 patients. Whilst in Lahore, a doctor recounted to the BBC being forced to turn away a patient who needed a ventilator, after he had already been rejected by two other hospitals. Medics in Peshawar and Quetta described being under similar levels of pressure.

Officials acknowledge some hospitals are full but insist there are still large numbers of beds available elsewhere, and are making public information about where are they are, whilst new facilities are in the process of being built in Karachi. But doctors fear the number of critical cases will continue to rise, and say their efforts to treat patients are being hampered by conspiracy theories and mistrust.

BBC News: How the UK is sleeping under lockdown

More than half the UK population has struggled with sleep during the lockdown, a survey suggests.

King’s College London researchers said sleep problems were more common in people facing financial hardship, while two in five reported having more vivid dreams than usual.

Some people slept for longer than usual, but without feeling rested.

The findings are based on online interviews in late May with 2,254 UK residents in the 16-75 age bracket.

The study was carried out by market research company Ipsos MORI and King’s College London.

BBC News: George Floyd death: Why US protests resonate in the UK

Over the weekend thousands of people chanted “Black Lives Matter” across the UK – at protests in London, Manchester and Cardiff.

They were marching in support of protesters in America angered by the death of George Floyd on 25 May.

He died nearly 4,000 miles away from the UK in Minnesota, but his death was felt here in our black community too.

That’s why people like Shayne defied UK government coronavirus guidance and went out to protest on the weekend.

“We didn’t expect that many people to turn up at the protests, it was mad,” the 20-year-old tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

BBC News: George Floyd death: Violence erupts on sixth day of protests

Violence has erupted in cities across the US on the sixth night of protests sparked by the death in police custody of African-American George Floyd.

Curfews have been imposed in nearly 40 cities, but people have largely ignored them, leading to tense stand-offs.

Riot police clashed with protesters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, firing tear gas and pepper bullets to try to disperse the crowds.

Police vehicles were set on fire and shops were looted in several cities.

The National Guard – the US reserve military force for domestic emergencies – said on Sunday that 5,000 of its personnel had been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC, where crowds once again gathered near the White House, this time lighting fires and throwing stones at riot officers.

“State and local law enforcement agencies remain responsible for security,” the National Guard added.

BBC News: George Floyd death: Thousands join UK protests

Thousands of people have gathered across central London to protest against the killing of an unarmed black man by police in the US.

They held up signs saying “Justice for George Floyd”, who died in police custody while an officer kneeled on his neck to pin him down.

Derek Chauvin has been charged with his murder in Minneapolis. The white police officer has been sacked from his job.

During the protests Met Police officers arrested five people.

The protests have been held at Trafalgar Square and outside the US Embassy in Battersea.

BBC News: Coronavirus lockdown: Scots’ concerns over UK response

As Scotland prepares to ease its coronavirus lockdown from Friday, Scots have voiced concerns about the UK government’s handling of the crisis and the risk of lifting restrictions “too quickly”.

A survey for BBC Scotland suggested that a majority of people thought Boris Johnson and UK ministers had handled the pandemic “fairly” or “very” badly.

Meanwhile 82% of respondents said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had handled the crisis well overall, with only 8% saying she had done badly.


BBC News: Dominic Cummings ‘made second lockdown trip’

The prime minister’s chief aide Dominic Cummings is facing fresh allegations that he breached lockdown rules.

He and the government had said he acted “reasonably and legally” by driving from London to County Durham while his wife had coronavirus symptoms.

But The Observer and Sunday Mirror now report he made a second trip to the North East after returning to London.

No 10 says this is “inaccurate” but some Tory MPs have called for Mr Cummings to consider his position.